Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 14:00

Choosing two winning photographs from all the wonderful entries has proved quite challenging and rest assured, all the photos and their accompanying stories will appear in future CMS posts and materials! Our congratulations to Arnault Gauthier and Dhivya Nair for their winning images and captions seen below!

Next year’s competition will be different with expanded categories to capture the breadth of marine related research being conducted at UQ. Resources permitting we hope to offer separate categories such as artistic/aesthetic merit, research images, series that tell a story, human-environment interactions, laboratory/computer images and unusual phenomena. Keep this in mind and be sure to document your research over the next 12 months. 

First Prize: Arnault Gauthier

an image of a snowflake moray eel

The snowflake moray eel is a common inhabitant of shallow reefs and feeds on invertebrates and small bony fishes. They can be quite territorial, as I was unfortunate enough to find out when this one came out of hiding and tried to bite me when I got too close to its home. 

Second Prize: Dhivya Nair

an image of sea turtle hatchlings on the beach

I was on the beach one day with friends back in June 2016 in Pahang, Malaysia, when the owner of a green sea turtle sanctuary came up to us and asked if we wanted to help release green sea turtle hatchlings. Being someone who is always looking for great photo opportunities, I couldn't turn the offer down. I see photography as a great means of communicating and conveying messages. In this case, it would be both the beauty and struggle of life. Seeing the hatchlings burst through the surface, crawling out of their nests and towards the horizon, all from evolutionary instinct, only made me appreciate these animals that much more. Being a part of the release made it that much more meaningful as the owner would buy eggs from illegal poachers and bring them back to the nursery to be incubated. People like him inspire me every day to play an active role in conservation. As an undergraduate student majoring in Marine Biology, I intend on conveying the message of conservation and preservation of our beautiful marine animals through pictures like these